Wikia to take on Google and Yahoo in search

Wikia hunts Google with new web search service – 30 Jul 2007 – NZ Herald: Technology News from New Zealand and around the World

Wikipedia founder jimmy Wales is turning his attention and sights on Google. Wikia has bought Grub a pioneering web crawler that will enable Wikia’s forthcoming search service to scour the web to index relevant sites.

The new Wikia search service will combine computer-driven algorithms and human-assisted editing when the company launches a public version of the search site toward the end of 2007.

They will have their work cut out for them taking on multi-billionaires Google at their own game. I will watch and try with interest.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.